Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

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Muqrin bin Abdulaziz
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Deputy Crown Prince
In office 27 March 2014 – present
Monarch King Abdullah
Director General of Saudi Intelligence Agency
In office October 2005 – 19 July 2012
Predecessor Nawwaf bin Abdulaziz
Successor Bandar bin Sultan
Monarch King Abdullah
Governor of Madinah Province
In office 1999 – 2005
Predecessor Abdul Majeed bin Abdulaziz
Successor Abdulaziz bin Majid
Monarch King Fahd
Governor of Hail Province
In office 1980 – 1999
Successor Saud bin Abdul Muhsin
Monarch King Khalid
King Fahd
Spouse Abta bint Hamoud Al Rashid
Full name
Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
House House of Saud
Father King Abdulaziz
Mother Baraka Al Yamaniyah
Born (1945-09-15) 15 September 1945 (age 69)
Religion Islam

Muqrin bin Abdulaziz ( مقرن بن عبدالعزيز آل سعود) (born 15 September 1945) is a member of House of Saud and was director general of Al Mukhabarat Al A'amah (Saudi intelligence) from 2005 to 2012. In July 2012, Muqrin was appointed King Abdullah's advisor and special envoy with the rank of minister. On 1 February 2013, King Abdullah named him as second deputy prime minister, being the fifth Saudi royal to hold this position.[1] This post is formerly held by late King Fahd, King Abdullah, late Crown Prince Sultan, and late Crown Prince Nayef.[1] On 27 March 2014, he was named deputy crown prince making him second in the line of succession behind his brother Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.[2]

Early life[edit]

Muqrin bin Abdulaziz was born in Riyadh on 15 September 1945.[3][4] He is the 35th and the youngest surviving son of King Abdulaziz.[1][5][6] His mother was from Yemen, Baraka Al Yamaniyah,[7][8] who was the eighteenth spouse of King Abdulaziz.[3]


Prince Muqrin studied at the Riyadh Model Institute.[1] He, then, went to Britain's RAF College in Cranwell and graduated with a degree in aeronautics at the rank of flight lieutenant in 1968.[1][9] He also received a diploma, equivalent to a master's degree, from the General Staff course in the US in 1974.[1]


Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz during his service in the Saudi Royal Air Force (RSAF)

Muqrin bin Abdulaziz was an air force pilot.[10] In 1964, he joined the Saudi royal air force (RSAF).[1] He was named commander of the RSAF's 2nd air squadron in 1970. He had served in several positions in the RSAF from 1973 to 1977 before being appointed the adjutant to the director of air operations.[1] He then was elevated to president of operations and planning for the RSAF.[11]


On 18 March 1980, King Khalid appointed Prince Muqrin as governor of Hail and his tenure lasted until 1999.[12] On 24 November 1999, he was appointed governor of Madinah Province as a successor to his late brother, Abdul Majeed bin Abdulaziz.[12] King Fahd later ordered him to modernize the city in response to a wave of anti-government and anti-royalty demonstrations during Hajj.[11] Prince Muqrin developed the education and health care services offered in remote regions.[13] Considered a traditionalist, Prince Muqrin worked to promote traditional values during his appointments as governor.[11] He remained in office until October 2005.[14] Prince Abdulaziz bin Majid succeeded him as governor of Madinah Province.[15]

Director General of Al Mukhabarat Al A'amah[edit]

On 22 October 2005, King Abdullah appointed Prince Muqrin as director general of Saudi Arabia's intelligence agency Al Mukhabarat Al A'amah.[12][14][16][17] His appointment occurred nine months after the resignation of the former director general Prince Nawwaf.[17][18]

Prince Muqrin organized a conference on combating internet militancy, particularly used by al Qaeda in 2007.[19] He further declared that Al Mukhabarat al A'amah would set a website to inform citizens about threats to security. He also stated that the organization would be restructured to combat with AQAP.[20] He successfully expelled Islamist militants from Saudi Arabia.[21] On 19 July 2012, Prince Muqrin was relieved from his post and replaced by Bandar bin Sultan.[22] It was argued by media that Prince Muqrin had been criticized during his term due to his approach towards some sensitive issues.[23] On the other hand, Prince Muqrin was named advisor at the rank of minister and a special envoy to King Abdullah the same day.[22][24] His responsibility was stated to be the affairs in southeast Asia.[25]


Prince Muqrin played an active role in Pakistani politics during his term at the Al Mukhabarat Al A'amah.[16] After Pervez Musharraf's 1999 military coup on Nawaz Sharif, the Saudi government arranged a ten-year agreement with Pervez Musharraf to accept Nawaz Sharif as an exile.[26] Because of Benazir Bhutto's early return from exile and the upcoming 2008 elections, Sharif attempted to return to Pakistan in 2007 against the advice of Prince Muqrin.[27][28] However, Sharif was quickly deported from Pakistan and was greeted by Muqrin bin Abdulaziz at the Jeddah airport.[29] Prince Muqrin was also involved in political reconciliation efforts in Pakistan.[30][31]

On the other hand, Muqrin bin Abdulaziz and Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal were reported to be in favor of pushing the sanctions against Iran instead of military action as King Abdullah insisted.[32] However, Prince Muqrin also argued that Iran’s interference in internal Gulf affairs, especially Iran's move in regard to nuclear arms, had very negative effects on the region and therefore, might cause an arms race among the Gulf states.[33]

Second deputy prime minister[edit]

Prince Muqrin was appointed second deputy prime minister by King Abdullah on 1 February 2013,[34] although he was not seen as a potential contender for the post by analysts.[21][35] This post, which had been vacant since October 2011, is regarded as second in line to the Saudi throne.[34][36] In practical terms, in this role Prince Muqrin is expected to handle daily running of the country whenever King Abdullah and Crown Prince Salman are out of the country or could not deal with the daily administrative affairs due to health concerns.[34] In addition to the post of second deputy prime minister Prince Muqrin keeps his other two previous posts, namely adviser to and special envoy of King Abdullah.[37]

Deputy crown prince[edit]

Prince Muqrin was named deputy crown prince by King Abdullah on 27 March 2014, placing him next in line to succeed King Abdullah after his half-brother Crown Prince Salman. His nomination, according to Reuters, gives more assurance to the kingdom's long-term succession process.[2]


Muqrin bin Abdulaziz is considered to be one of the King Abdullah's long-time allies.[38] Despite his inexperience, Prince Muqrin's star increased quickly after his appointment as general director of Saudi intelligence presidency, because he became a versatile point man for King Abdullah.

Muqrin bin Abdulaziz is said to be much appreciated by the Saudi public because he has never been known for corruption or other negative activities.[39]


Prince Muqrin is considered to be one of the candidates for accession to the throne since he has governmental experience [40][41][42] although his maternal line was seen as a factor curtailing his chance in this regard.[19] However, his appointment as second deputy prime minister on 1 February 2013 made him a strong candidate for accession to the Saudi throne.[43] In 27 March 2014, he was named deputy crown prince, putting him closer in the line succession.[2]


Muqrin bin Abdulaziz is believed by many to be a liberal within the family.[21][44] However, letter exchanges regarding the Shia in the Eastern province illustrated an interesting opposition between him and late Crown Prince Nayef. The letters discussed how a situation involving Shia instigation in the Eastern Province should have been handled. In these exchanges, Prince Muqrin argued for a much stronger and harsher approach, but was vetoed by late Crown Prince.[44]

Personal life[edit]

Prince Muqrin is married to Abta bint Hamoud Al Rashid.[45] She was president of the Women's Council when Prince Muqrin was Madinah governor.[45]

He has 14 children.[46] His daughters are; Mudahawi, Layla, Mishail, Abta, Nuf, Lamiya, Jawahir, and Sara. His sons are; Fahd, Abdul Aziz, Faysal, Turki, Mansur, and Bandur.[46] Prince Turki founded a real-estate company in Turkey. He is a pilot and CEO of Rabigh Wings Aviation Academy in Jeddah.[47] Prince Turki is also board member of the Saudi Aviation Club.[48]

Muqrin bin Abdulaziz is said to enjoy astronomy, literature and Arabic poetry and has a large library containing thousands of books.[12]

Prince Muqrin purchased four real estate properties about 7,700 square meters in Dlebta, Lebanon, following the approval of the cabinet in 2012 and the publishing of the listed sale in the official gazette. Dlebta’s residents objected to the deal and filed a complaint with the relevant authorities.[49]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Governor of Hail Province
1980 – 1999
Succeeded by
Saud bin Abdul Muhsin Al Saud
Preceded by
Abdul Majeed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Governor of Madinah Province
1999 – 2005
Succeeded by
Abdulaziz bin Majid
Preceded by
Nawwaf bin Abdulaziz
President of Al Mukhabarat Al A'amah
2005 – 2012
Succeeded by
Bandar bin Sultan
Preceded by
Office established
Saudi Arabian Special Envoy
2012 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Nayef bin Abdulaziz
Second Deputy Prime Minister
2013 – present
Succeeded by